Hennepin Farmhouse Saison
Baseball may be out of season, but Cooperstown’s Ommegang never is. Their Saison is hazy pale gold with lots of head. The yeasty nose comes with a hint of lemon cream. More yeast and citrus on palette with plenty of malt and some sweetness. Finish is malt leading to a touch of hops and a certain dryness. 7.7% ABV, which seems quite high for a Saison.
This Dubbel pours with a rich, thick, tan head, easy to overpour. Rich nose too, full of yeast and fruit, maybe even melon. Arrives with a fine mouthfeel; you can practically chew it. On the palette there’s sweet malt, faint effervescence, and fruity undertones of cherry and raisin. Finish is long, sweet and malty. 8.2% ABV
2″ white head and hazy straw in the glass. The nose is classic Weizen with citrusy yeast. Crisp with spicy nutmeg and coriander with rich malt. It has a gentle spicy finish. 5.2% ABV, their lowest.
This is a Quadrupel Ale with a bit of Kriek added. Pours brown with an inch of light coffee head. Nose not as yeasty but giving toffee and coffee and wine. Crisp subtle complexity, not as sweet as the Dubbel. Coffee and roasty malt on the palette, and dusty coffee on the finish. 9.7% ABV
Scythe & Sickle
Yields a sand colored head over amber. I get an orange spice nose, and orange spice palette with complex malt and dry hops coming in. Ommegang calls this a harvest beer, and Beer Advocate names the style as Bière de Garde. 5.8% ABV, one of their lowest.
Adoration Dark Winter Ale
Pours dark amber to brown with a light coffee head. The nose is full of yeast and coffee and spices and the spices increase as it warns a little. On the palette this is rich and mouth filling with toffee sweetness balanced by malt, subtle hops and spices all around the edges. Definitely good for the winter season. Would play off well with caramelized dishes from ribs and steak through sweet salad dressings and even gingerbread. As you can tell, I like this a lot. 10% ABV, their strongest.
They call this a Cafe Ale. It pours medium amber with pale tan head. There is a spice-cake nose with bread building in. The mouthfeel is creamy, and the flavor is slightly sweet, slightly orange, and distinctly spicy. Some herbal hop bitterness comes in on the finish, more so than many Ommegang offerings. 6.5% ABV